Two Dudes with Attitudes

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Two Dudes with Attitudes
Shawn and Diesel tag champs.jpg
Shawn Michaels (left) and Diesel (right) as WWF Tag Team Champions in September 1994
Tag team
Members Diesel/Kevin Nash
Shawn Michaels
Name(s) Shawn Michaels and Diesel[1][2]
Two Dudes with Attitudes[3][4]
nWo
Heights Diesel:
6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)[5]
Shawn Michaels:
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[6]
Combined
weight
553 lb (251 kg; 39.5 st)[5][6]
Billed from Diesel: Detroit, Michigan[5]
Shawn Michaels: San Antonio, Texas[6]
Debut June 6, 1993
Disbanded August 24, 2003
Years active 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003

Diesel and Shawn Michaels formed a tag team also known as Two Dudes With Attitudes that competed in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1994 and again in 1995.[3][4] The team held the WWF Tag Team Championship twice,[1][2] but also found success in singles competition while still allied with one another, as Diesel held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship and Intercontinental Championship once each and Michaels held the Intercontinental title twice.

History[edit]

First run (1993–1994)[edit]

The two first got together in mid-1993 when Diesel became a bodyguard for Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels[5] During 1993 and 1994, both Michaels and Diesel held the WWF Intercontinental Championship.[7][8][9] and helped him win the Intercontinental Championship back from Marty Jannetty on June 6, 1993, in Albany, New York. In mid-1994, Michaels acted as Diesel's manager, leading him to winning the Intercontinental Championship from Razor Ramon.

The duo transformed into a tag team in August of 1994: Michaels and Diesel defeated The Headshrinkers at a house show to win the WWF Tag Team Championship on August 28, 1994.[1], days before interference by Michael backfired and cost Diesel the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam on August 29, 1994.[10] At Survivor Series on November 23, 1994, Michaels once again accidentally hit Diesel with a superkick. The team subsequently split, vacating the WWF Tag Team Championship.[1] Three days later, Diesel squashed Bob Backlund at a house show to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.[11]

Second run (1995)[edit]

In early 1995, Michaels and Diesel feuded over the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Michaels won the Royal Rumble and unsuccessfully challenged Diesel in a title match at WrestleMania XI on April 2, 1995.[12] On the April 3, 1995 episode of Monday Night Raw, Diesel came to rescue Michaels from an attack by his replacement bodyguard, Sid.[13]

Michaels and Diesel reformed as a team in mid-1995, adopting the moniker "Two Dudes with Attitudes". At In Your House 3 on September 24, 1995, they challenged WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart and Yokozuna in a match in which the WWF Tag Team Championship, Diesel's WWF World Heavyweight Championship and Michaels' Intercontinental Championship were all on the line. Diesel and Michaels won the match and the Tag Team title but had to return it to Hart and Yokozuna the next day on a technicality following lobbying from Hart's and Yokozuna's lawyer, Clarence Mason.[2][14]

Two Dudes with Attitudes disbanded for a second time after Diesel lost the WWF World Heavyweight Championship to Bret Hart at Survivor Series on November 19, 1995.[15] On January 21, 1996, Michaels won the Royal Rumble for a second consecutive year, eliminating Diesel in the process.[16] After Michaels won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Hart at WrestleMania XII on March 31, 1996, Diesel unsuccessfully challenged him at In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies on April 28, 1996.[17] Diesel and Michaels continued to feud until Diesel's departure from the WWF in May 1996.

Reunions (2002, 2003)[edit]

Michaels and Nash did not reunite until June 3, 2002, when Kevin Nash named Shawn Michaels as the newest member of the New World Order (nWo).[18][19][20] On the June 10 episode of Raw, Michaels explained that his best friend, Kevin Nash, was always there for him, which was why he returned to WWE to become a member of the nWo. He then shocked the audience by hitting Booker T with a superkick to remove him from the nWo.[18][19][21]

A month later, Nash tore his quadriceps, which broke up the nWo. When Nash returned from his injury in 2003, the duo faced Evolution (Triple H, Ric Flair, and Randy Orton) in an effort to have Nash win the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H. At Judgment Day, Nash came close to winning the title until Triple H got himself disqualified when he hit referee Earl Hebner with the sledgehammer in the chest.[22] This did not stop Nash, as he eventually performed a Jacknife Powerbomb on Triple H through the announcers' table. Nash later left the WWE soon after SummerSlam when he was the first to be eliminated in the Elimination Chamber match after Shawn hit him with a superkick.[23]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "World Tag Team Championship - Diesel & Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d "World Tag Team Championship - Diesel & Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  3. ^ a b Murphy, Ryan (November 17, 2011). "Shawn Michaels, Sean Waltman discuss the war between Triple H and Kevin Nash". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  4. ^ a b Roopansingh, Jaya (March 14, 2004). "Shawn Michaels, still the show-stopper". Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Kevin Nash". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  6. ^ a b c "Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Intercontinental Championship - Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Intercontinental Championship - Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  9. ^ "Intercontinental Championship - Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  10. ^ "Intercontinental Championship - Razor Ramon". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  11. ^ "WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Diesel". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  12. ^ "Full WrestleMania XI Results". WWE.com. WWE. November 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  13. ^ "List This! Hardest Hitting Betrayals #7: Sycho Sid turns on Shawn Michaels - Raw 4/3/95". WWE.com. WWE. November 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  14. ^ "World Tag Team Championship - Owen Hart & Yokozuna". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  15. ^ "WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Bret Hart". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  16. ^ "1996 Royal Rumble match". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  17. ^ "Shawn Michaels vs. Bret "Hit Man" Hart in a WWE Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  18. ^ a b "Shawn Michaels and Diesel's Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  19. ^ a b "WWF RAW results". Angelfire. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  20. ^ "RAW results - June 3, 2002". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  21. ^ "RAW results - June 10, 2002". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  22. ^ "Judgment Day 2003 results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  23. ^ "Triple H vs. Goldberg vs. Randy Orton vs. Kevin Nash vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 

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